Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

$179

One can't say enough about the accomplishments the Cathiards have achieved at this property since 1990. Prior to their purchase of the property, appallingly diluted, vegetal, fruitless, charmless wines were produced, but they have turned Smith-Haut-Lafitte into a showcase Pessac-Leognan. The inky/blue/purple-tinged 2005's extraordinary nose reeks of charcoal, incense, scorched earth, abundant blackberry, blueberry, and cherry fruit, toast, and spice. Good acidity, huge but sweet tannin, and fabulous precision as well as definition characterize this full-bodied, super-concentrated effort. It should prove to be among the longest-lived wines yet made by the Cathiards... Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

Greg Gregory Delectable Pro

Just gorgeous. Needs about an hour to open up but wow what a payoff.

Just gorgeous. Needs about an hour to open up but wow what a payoff.

9.6

John Van Trijp

To be honest....I never ever paid any attention to SHL till that moment.....100 points for the 2009 by Robert Parker. Since that moment I bought some Cases 09 and a case 00, 05 and 08. This 2005 Rocks! “Napa-style” Bordeaux.

To be honest....I never ever paid any attention to SHL till that moment.....100 points for the 2009 by Robert Parker. Since that moment I bought some Cases 09 and a case 00, 05 and 08. This 2005 Rocks! “Napa-style” Bordeaux.

9.8

Peter Sultan

Iron, iron, just hardcore minerality & dried blackcurrants around that core. Still has room to open up. Very good. 375ml, what a pleasure. 2nd tasting, this time impressed more. Hmmmm.

Iron, iron, just hardcore minerality & dried blackcurrants around that core. Still has room to open up. Very good. 375ml, what a pleasure. 2nd tasting, this time impressed more. Hmmmm.

9.3

Peter Sultan

1/2,bottle

1/2,bottle

9.0

Ron Siegel

Black fruits, graphite with lots of mineral. Still very youthful like most 05's showing lots of tannin structure. I would not open another btl for at least 5 more years.

Black fruits, graphite with lots of mineral. Still very youthful like most 05's showing lots of tannin structure. I would not open another btl for at least 5 more years.

9.2

Michael Park

Wasn't impressed given all the hype about the 2005 vintage. Finish was almost non-existent.

Wasn't impressed given all the hype about the 2005 vintage. Finish was almost non-existent.

8.0

Michael Horkay

Crazy good powerful sb. Quite a bit more minerality and fruit but a lovely Bordeaux with great depth. Please don't buy this wine so there is more for me.

Crazy good powerful sb. Quite a bit more minerality and fruit but a lovely Bordeaux with great depth. Please don't buy this wine so there is more for me.

8.9

Chris Rauber

2005. Graves minerality with notes of cassis, dark berries and sweet leather.

2005. Graves minerality with notes of cassis, dark berries and sweet leather.

9.4

Paul Woolls

November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015